When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed
to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Gonzalo R. Ballon-Landa, M.D.
Deborah Suitor, R.N., B.S.N.

4136 Bachman Place
San Diego, CA
(619) 298-7577

Traveler's Health and Vaccination Clinic (THVC) specializes in providing pre-trip counseling and immunization designed to protect the traveler abroad. A sophisticated in-house computerized data base with weekly updates from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control helps Traveler's Health and Vaccination Clinic maintain accurate, up-to-date information on potential hazards to travelers. Thus, each trip itinerary can be individually cross checked to ensure the best information available for your protection.

At each destination lies a new adventure and possibly a host of health risks against which our immune systems are unprepared to defend us. In some areas of the world, measles, tetanus, polio, hepatitis, AIDS, malaria, typhoid, cholera, and yellow fever are diseases that await unprotected travelers.

Central/South America

International travelers in Mexico and Central America should be aware of hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, and the variety of food and waterborne illnesses that can affect their health during and after their trip.

Brazil is famous for Mardi Gras and beautiful tropical terrain, but it is also known for malaria, yellow fever, and typhoid.

Travelers looking for the lost civilization of the Incas may find Machu Picchu nestled in the mountains of Peru, but before you begin exploring, remember: precautions can make all the difference between a trip to remember and a trip to forget.

Asia

Indian cuisine is characterized by exotic spicy dishes. Actually, traveling and dining in India exposes travelers to food and waterborne diseases, such as typhoid fever, viral hepatitis, cholera, and other diarrheas. India is also known for its high risk of meningitis and malaria.

Travelers to the Orient and other areas of East Asia should be aware of the risks of diarrhea diseases and viral hepatitis.

The Philippines is an area of major U.S. military presence. Unfortunately, the Marines can not protect travelers from malaria, cholera, and other health hazards.

Thailand is a popular country for hiking through the lush jungles and mountains. But many recreational travelers and archaeologists alike have discovered too late that they should have had vaccinations and pre-trip counseling

Africa

The variety of climates and terrain in Africa include lush rain forests, woodlands, and arid deserts. The health threats to travelers are just diverse and include sleeping sickness, yellow fever, and dangerous forms of malaria.


THVC SERVICES

Vaccination

  • Comprehensive vaccination services, including yellow fever and meningitis vaccine.
  • Passive immunization for hepatitis A.
  • Issuance of International Certificate of Vaccination

Education

  • Pre-trip health counseling.
  • Safe consumption of food and beverages.
  • How to protect yourself from disease carrying insects.
  • How to treat travel related illness if it should occur.

Preparation

  • Information on required and recommended immunizations.
  • Medication for malaria prevention and traveler's diarrhea.
  • Up-to-date travel advisories regarding the social/political climate for tourists.
  • Embassy locations and emergency services available.
  • Seasonal weather information
  • Helpful travel hints specific to your destination.


Personnel

Gonzalo R. Ballon-Landa, M.D.

Dr. Ballon-Landa is an Infectious Disease Consultant and a Diplomate of the Subspecialty Board of Infectious Diseases. Part of Ballon-Landa's knowledge of infectious diseases comes from an outstanding education. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his Research and Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Ballon-Landa also has gained extensive knowledge from field experience at the Ministerio de Salud Hospital in Peru, where he volunteered his services. The Amazon Basin was an excellent location to learn more about tropical diseases, an area of interest.

He is head of the section of Infectious Diseases at Mercy Hospital and is on staff and serving as a specialist on several committees at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Grossmont Hospital, and Sharp Cabrillo Hospital. He is also currently President of the Infectious Disease Association of California.

Deborah Suitor, R.N., B.S.N., Director

Deborah earned her nursing degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked as an emergency room nurse at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center for more than 9 years and at Balboa Naval Hospital for 4 years. Deborah lived in Japan for 4 years and believes that traveling abroad is an educational experience that enriches our lives. "Exposure to other people and cultures allows us to look at our own world from a new perspective."

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